Our public lands, and especially our National Forests, are some of the best places to ride with unmatched diversity of trails and adventures. If you’re not a horse owner or avid rider, you can still ride in many National Forests through numerous local outfitters, guides and dude ranches, many of which have long operated on National Forest lands. Narrowing down some of the best National Forests for horseback riding is no easy task, as each offers something extraordinary.
In 2016, life-long paddlers and river experts Susan and Adam Elliott envisioned an ambitious project: paddle 50 Wild and Scenic Rivers in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Now two years later, read more about their adventures across the country paddling on some of our country's beautiful waterways.
If you were able to create a new National Forest that could host diverse species of wildlife, provide drinking water for a million people and offer amazing recreational experiences, you’d do well to use the Mt. Hood National Forest as a template.